UG library receives $2.4M donation in books, equipment, stationery and supplies

2nd July, 2018 0 comments

The University of Guyana Library has received a donation of books, equipment and supplies from Siefy Shahabuddeen, son of the former Attorney General and International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judge, Dr. Mohamed Shahabuddeen.

Valued at approximately $2.4M, the donation comprises 1,151 printed publications, five printers, two book trolleys, along with a substantial amount of stationery and supplies. According to the university, the books cover the areas of law, history, politics, literature, religion, spirituality to the paranormal and ufology. The items were handed recently to Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, C.C.H., Vice Chancellor and Principal, at a simple ceremony held on the Turkeyen Campus.

Speaking at the occasion, Shahabuddeen pointed out that the donation is dedicated to the memory of his parents, Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen and Ms Sairah Shahabuddeen, who were both givers. “The Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to Mr Siefy Shahabuddeen for the significant donation, and disclosed that the library will officially dedicate a section in honour of Dr. Mohamed Shahabuddeen’s extraordinary contribution to scholarship in the areas of law, politics and economics,” according to the release from the university.

Shahabuddeen had previously made a donation of 430 books, worth in excess of $2M, in April 2014. Shahabuddeen was born in Supenaam, Essequibo Coast, on November 10, 1957, receiving his education in Guyana at Queen’s College, and The University of Guyana. He also attended the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies and Hugh Wooding Law School.

He was admitted to the bar in Guyana in 1987 as an Attorney-at-Law and was thereafter attached to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions as State Counsel, representing the State in criminal trials in the High Court. Shahabuddeen was admitted to the Bar in Ontario, Canada, in 1996 as a Barrister and Solicitor. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed a Notary Public. In Canada, he worked in the private sector, ran a private legal practice in Toronto, and later joined the Federal Public Service. He retired from the public service in November 2017 at age 60, and lives with his wife Anita in the city of Mississauga, just west of Toronto.

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UG and Theatre Guild receive donation of 375 chairs

21st September, 2017 0 comments

DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes today donated a number of chairs to the University of Guyana and Theatre Guild. The chairs were taken from the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) which is currently being renovated.

Minister Hughes said that with the ongoing rehabilitation of the ACCC, the Ministry decided to donate the chairs that would no longer be needed at the centre. “We decided that we would donate those chairs to two organisations.”

The Minister explained that a committee working closely with the administration of the Conference Centre, to monitor the progress of the repairs, initiated the idea of donating the chairs to the University and the Theatre Guild.

Minister Hughes further added that the work on the Conference Centre “is going very well and we are down to reopen by May of 2018”.

275 chairs which will be used to upgrade the student’s lounge. It was explained that some will be installed in classrooms that will allow for stationary chairs and the rest will be placed in Centre for Communications Studies’.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Guyana, Professor Dr. Ivelaw  Griffith received the chairs while Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement, Dr. Paloma Mohamed, thanked Minister Hughes for the donation. They both noted that the areas designated for the installation of the chairs are in need of an upgrade and that the contribution is a timely one.

Professor Griffith also thanked Director of Business, Dereck Cummings, Director of the Conference Center, Nandkumar and staff of the University.

Additionally, 100 chairs were donated to the Theatre Guild. Board Member of the Guild Malcolm De Freitas, observed that the chairs will improve their capacity to host events and give the playhouse a new ambience.

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